Let’s dive off the deep end here and bring to your attention the idea that Christianity inherited the fish worship of the Assyrian God Dagon. The theory runs that Christianity is packed full of fish iconography and that the early Christians in the Middle East would have borrowed knowingly or not from the tradition of fish people worship. Those who hold to this view also point to the fish references in the New Testament and early Christian use of the fish symbol above that of the cross.
Now some of you will be giggling at all this. But it’s not entirely fanciful. Gods with animal heads and characteristics were worshiped throughout the Middle East – not least in Egypt. And it’s undoubtedly true that Christianity borrowed heavily from Egyptian and Mesopotamian beliefs and images. Homing in on Dagon and fish people worship may be over-emphasis but I get where those who advocate this theory are coming from.
Here is a video showing some of this iconography:
There is also the view that fish worship is some kind of trace memory of us as aquatic beings first walking upright – that we instinctively know where we came from – the water. Indeed, according to one theory popular in the 1960s – we started walking upright while still living in the water and not when we emerged on to the land.
The Templars in the Middle Ages were reputedly interested in the spiritual figure Abraxas – another Middle Eastern deity that possessed two fish tails and other aquatic attributes.